Building productive capacities for sustainable development in the LDCs

11 mayo 2021
15:30 - 17:30 hrs. Geneva time; 9:30 - 11:30 hrs., New York time

Preparatory meeting on the road to UNCTAD 15 and LDC5


This webinar aims to equip member States with a deeper understanding of the technical and substantive role that building, maintaining, and utilizing productive capacities plays in laying the foundations for a sustained and inclusive growth path for the least developed countries (LDCs). It intends to provide member States in Geneva and New York with an opportunity to reflect on the critical role of productive capacities in building back better from crises, kickstarting the process of structural transformation needed to achieve graduation, and in the long run, achieving sustainable development.

Given the COVID-19 realities, the webinar will provide a space for member States to explore innovative ways and strategies to address the trade and development challenges facing the LDCs. Member States can seize this opportunity to further their preparations for the upcoming Fifteenth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD15) and the Fifth United Nations Conference on the LDCs (LDC5) and find transformative measures that will help member States to go beyond what has been done in the past to catalyze the LDC agenda and to rethink how to address development.



H.E. Mr. Federico Villegas, President of the Trade and Development Board and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations in Geneva

Opening remarks

Ms. Isabelle Durant, Acting Secretary-General of UNCTAD


  • Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, United Nations Under-Secretary General and High Representative, OHRLLS
  • H.E. Mr. Perks Ligoya, Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi to the United Nations, Global Chair of the Group of Least Developed Countries
  • H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Nations and chair of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries
  • Mr. Taffere Tesfachew, Principal Advisor, Ethiopian Investment Commission and member of the Committee for Development Policy – ECOSOC

Followed by exchange of views and statements by member States.


The event will be held online in English via WebEx. Participation is open to representatives and delegates of member States based in Geneva and New York.


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